Peacock Homestay & Restaurant, Marakolliya Beach near Tangalle, Sri Lanka

In a word:  Special
Food:  Sri Lankan favourites freshly prepared for you in the family home
Service:  Saman is wonderful, his smile & laugh will keep you going for weeks!
Presentation:  Rustic look, food served on the family’s best china
Ambience:  Chill to the sounds of nature, just remember the mosquito repellant
Location:  Set back behind the beach on the family’s property amid lush green foliage
Value for money:  The whole experience is worth every penny and a feast of rice and curry is less than £3
Worth a visit?:  What could be better than eating authentic, freshly prepared Sri Lankan cuisine in the knowledge that you’re directly helping a family and supporting a young entrepreneur?
Welcoming sign to the homestay and restaurant

Welcoming sign to the homestay and restaurant

I met Saman on Marakolliya Beach near Tangalle in Sri Lanka, he was searching for shells along the tide line as I walked down the beach before breakfast.  He was collecting shells to make bracelets and necklaces to sell to tourists like me that he meets on the beach.  It turns out he also runs the sweetest little homestay guesthouse and tiny restaurant from his family home.  Being desperate to find authentic Sri Lankan cuisine, I wasn’t going to pass up on the opportunity to eat at his little restaurant.

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Pier Chic, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai

In a word: Dreamy.
Food: The fine art of seafood.
Service: Once seated, attentive and efficient.
Presentation: 5 star.
Ambience: Romantic, dreamy and relaxed vibe.
Location: Fabulous location on the end of a pier looking out to sea and over Dubai’s iconic Madinat Jumeirah resort.
Value for money: Food and the view make it a treat that’s worth it.
Worth a visit?: Oh yes.

Pier Chic has to be one of the most romantic spots in Dubai, as the name suggests, it’s set at the end of a pier on the beach in front of Al Qasr Hotel on the Madinat Jumeirah stretch of coast, overlooking the Arabian Sea and the rather fabulous looking Burj Al Arab, Dubai’s self proclaimed seven star hotel.

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